Lately, I’ve been struggling with my photography. I’ve felt like I was doing the same thing over and over (creating pretty landscapes,) and not really getting anywhere.
When I moved to this small town in Maine, my girlfriend introduced me to a photographer friend of hers. This woman is relatively new to photography, and mainly is interested in surreal portraiture. That means she is always coming up with concepts and thinking about compositing and textures.
There was a time where I used to do composites and let my creativity run wild. Meeting this woman has helped reignite that part of me that wants to play and experiment with my photography and editing.
I created a couple of pieces yesterday. One, which I don’t love, but my girlfriend does, and this one, which I like more.
This shot is made up of a fall photo from New Hampshire from a few years back, and the bride is from a wedding I shot about 5 years ago. 5 years??? Is that really possible?
This was a simpler edit than you’d think. I made my adjustments in LR and then imported the 2 images into PS. I got the bride where I wanted, did some dodging and burning on her, and created a subtle shadow beneath her. Then, I used Topaz Impression 2 to create the painterly image. I decided I wasn’t completely satisfied with the lighting in the image, so I then used Mextures on my iPhone to totally change the atmosphere and mood. I think it came out pretty good 🙂
First off, let me apologize for being unable to visit and like your blogs the last few weeks. I do feel bad about it. The internet is pretty useless here where the connection speed is .26 mbps. Your photos on your blogs won’t load because of my connection. Just now, I was trying to upload a 2nd photo for this blog post, but it failed 4 times. Luckily, I should have a better connection on the 1st 🙂
After shooting the Best-Henry wedding, I started thinking about whether or not I wanted to do weddings for friends anymore. I’ve known Sarah since she was in diapers (she hates when I share that) and I already did her sister’s wedding, so I couldn’t say no.
It’s a weird thing, working and being professional when you would normally be relaxing and celebrating. Even though I’m there documenting the day, I don’t feel like I’m really there. I’m solely focused on capturing moments and anticipating what might happen next, instead of appreciating the fact that a close family friend is marrying her best friend.
It’s a surreal feeling, roaming the event as an unconnected observer. I don’t think I’ve had the same feeling working for clients I didn’t already know. There were a few moments throughout the day where I was able to pause, stop being “the photographer,” and let it sink in that this was her wedding day.
Now I have to consider adopting a “no friends or family wedding policy.” Would you shoot the wedding of someone you know or would you rather enjoy it as a guest?
Shot with the default camera app and edited with Snapseed.
First, let me just tell you that this wedding was a challenge for a few reasons. Pushy moms, an annoying aunt with a photography degree yelling at me to get out of her shot (yes, really,) and things were running late pretty much all day and there was a gay pride parade in the park that I wanted to shoot the portraits in. Since things were running late, the bride decided she would rather do pictures at the hotel than the beautiful park or nearby lake. Not what the photographer wants to hear! I tried to work with what I had, but there weren’t any great backgrounds available.
Having said that, I love this first image because it perfectly captures how gross the happy couple is together and how we all really feel around them.
The tough guy shot.
There are more images on my facebook photography page and I’ll probably add some more today.